Citizenship Applications Now Payable by Credit Card

October 8, 2015

On Sept. 19, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the naturalization application fee is now payable by credit card. The high cost of the application, $680, is one of the barriers to citizenship for aspiring new Americans. In the past, this fee could be paid only via check or money order. USCIS […]

New Report Looks at Immigrant Integration

October 7, 2015

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recently released a book-length report in which they look at immigrant integration in the U.S. The report, “The Integration of Immigrants into American Society,” contains interesting discussion and mixed news on naturalization. The good news is that, in recent years, the level of citizenship acquisition rose. In […]

NYC Expands Promotion of Citizenship with NYCitizenship

October 5, 2015

On Sept. 17, Citizenship Day, the Office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new initiative to help lawful permanent residents in New York become U.S. citizens. The initiative, NYCitizenship, partners the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs with the New York Public Library system to provide information on citizenship, as well as legal […]

Growing Up ‘Third-Culture’

October 2, 2015

By Daniela Semeco, guest writer What does it mean it to be a naturalized citizen? An alien no more? What do you say when people ask, “Where are you from?” They ask, “You’re American, right?” That’s when I answer, “I’m American, but not American born.” The Beginning I was born in Venezuela to two Venezuelan […]

USCIS Distributes $10 Million to Expand Citizenship

September 28, 2015

This Citizenship Day, Sept. 17, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced its award of nearly $10 million to 40 organizations to help lawful permanent residents (LPRs) prepare for and apply for U.S. citizenship. The grantees are located in 26 states across the country. This is the seventh year of the agency’s Integration Grant […]

USCIS ‘Citizenship Corners’ Expand to Houston on Citizenship Day; Local Partners Recognized

September 24, 2015

On Sept. 17, Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced the debut of “Citizenship Corner” information displays available at select city libraries. Houston is one of the latest of eight cities to enter into a formal agreement with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to raise public awareness about the process of becoming a citizen and the rights, […]

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

September 21, 2015

Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. In 1968, Congress authorized a weeklong celebration beginning Sept. 15 — the anniversary of independence for five Central American countries. In 1989, the celebration was extended to a full month. As of July 1, 2014, 55 million people of Hispanic origin […]

Top 5 Benefits of Citizenship

September 16, 2015

Many opportunities are available only to U.S. citizens. This Citizenship Day we are breaking down some of these benefits and encouraging citizenship-eligible lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to take the next step toward becoming U.S. citizens. 1. Protection from deportation Becoming a U.S. citizen protects you and your children from deportation. As a lawful permanent resident, […]

New Americans Campaign Partners Gather in Dallas for Annual Conference on Citizenship

September 14, 2015

Last week, 180 New Americans Campaign partners from across the country convened in Dallas for the annual United for Citizenship Practitioners Conference. The conference, held from Sept. 9 to 12, provided local partners the opportunity to share best practices, network with other practitioners and volunteer at a large citizenship workshop. The conference kicked-off on Wednesday […]

USCIS Director Addresses New Americans Campaign Partners at Annual Conference

September 11, 2015

This week, more than 180 New Americans Campaign partners are gathered in Dallas for the annual United for Citizenship Practitioners Conference. The conference began on Wednesday as attendees arrived to volunteer at a phone bank with the local Univision affiliate. Volunteers answered phone calls from 4:30 to 10 p.m. and addressed questions from lawful permanent […]

Our Impact

  • The Campaign has completed over 2,750 naturalization workshops and clinics.

    Campaign funded partners have nearly doubled the annual number of naturalization applications completed with New Americans Campaign funding since the first year.
  • Nearly 169,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families over $149 million in legal and application fees.
  • Adopted scalable technology. MP3 players, Google Voice, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are being used to enhance naturalization service delivery.
  • Expanded New American Workforce (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with over 100 businesses across the nation, ranging from hotels in Miami to American Apparel in Los Angeles.
  • Deployed CitizenshipWorks, an online tool, across the NAC in multiple settings and languages. This quarter the NAC also began to integrate the new CitizenshipWorks mobile phone app into services, and are poised to pilot CitizenshipWorks 2.0 with a New York partner.
  • Were instrumental in inspiring the US Citizenship and Immigration Service to support the Citizenship Corners initiative.
  • Created innovative partnerships with public libraries, school districts, universities, social service agencies, and employers, all of which yield not only greater numbers of applicants but also greater awareness of the naturalization process.
  • Deployed a large-scale volunteer recruitment program through an e-learning course.

    Reached diverse communities. Local partners consistently outreach and provide culturally competent and language-appropriate services.
Learn more from our
Impact Report.

Who We’re Helping

People come to America from all over the world with dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and their families and calling this great nation home. Eight million people who live, work, and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about eight percent of them naturalize each year. Find out more about these individuals and the barriers they face.Read More

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